- The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, has urged religious leaders to team up in preaching against violence during and after elections
- He says Nigerians should collectively try and overcome the country's challenges
- The royal father says there is no fight between Christianity and Islam
President general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, has urged all religious leaders to come together and preach against violence during and after elections.
Daily Trust reports that Abubakar made the call on Friday, September 7, when he received Catholic Bishops of Nigeria in his palace.
NAIJ.com gathers that the traditional ruler stated that although there maybe disagreement between Muslims and Christians, but there is no fight between Christianity and Islam.
He said: “We must tell ourselves the truth and speak the truth. Everything is not okay in Nigeria. Let’s stop hiding under religion, ethnicity or region. I know we have problems in Nigeria. Let’s not deceive ourselves.
“There is no fight between Christianity and Islam. But maybe disagreement between Muslims and Christians. But we must try and fish out extremist in our midst. Though, you cannot completely fish out bad eggs from the society. But we should continue in doing our part to ensure a peaceful country.
“No society that is made up 100 percent saints. We have our problems and challenges. But we should collectively try and overcome them. As leaders, we must try and work for peace. No problem in this world that defies solution unless we are not honest. If not, we will overcome the problems.
“We must also educate our followers that despite the challenges, we belong to one God Almighty but chooses to worship God in different ways."
Speaking against killing of innocent people in the name of religion, he said: “People have wrong notion of Jihad. You cannot kill people pretending you are fighting for God. You are simply deceiving yourself. Jihad does not entail that. God did not create you to fight for Him.
"We should however look at the too many things that bind us together and try to take our religion back from the enemies who are bent on using the religion to commit crimes."
Among those the royal father received at his palace were the national president of Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, Archbishop Augustine Akubeze, Cardinal John Onaiyekan and Mathew Hassan Kukah.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar III, warned that those who kill in the name of Allah would go to hell.
Speaking at 57th Founder's Day Dignity Award Lecture at the University of Nigeria Nsukka on Friday, October 6, the Sultan said such killers were terrorists.
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